Alvarez picks up six for River, Colo Colo eliminated from Copa Libertadores

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Julian Alvarez scored an extraordinary six goals as River Plate ended the Copa Libertadores group game with a win and smashed Alianza Lima 8-1 on Wednesday.

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The Manchester City-bound 22-year-old had effectively secured River victory in their last match in Group F, scoring a ball in the first 20 minutes before conceding a hat-trick in the first half four minutes after the break.

His third was the group’s choice, who withdrew between the lines to receive the ball before driving low and hard into the bottom corner just outside the penalty area.

After Santiago Simon’s goal in the 53rd minute, Enzo Gomez no doubt topped them all in difficulty, sending the ball into the top corner in the 79th minute before Alvarez rounded the score four minutes later.

Los Millonarios ended the group stage undefeated, claiming 16 points from 18 possible with the win.

Fortaleza snatches second place from Colo Colo

In the second Group F match, Fortaleza took the three points and second place from Santiago and defeated Colo Colo 4-3.

With both teams even on seven points coming into the final match day, Los Albos needed the win but started the match in an inadequate way and only cashed in the second minute to Silvio Romero.

A Moises doubled before Yago Pikachu’s goal in the 61st minute put Fortaleza in control, despite a series of own goals from Brayan Ceballos.

Cerro Porteno scrapes through

Olimpia were unable to skip Cerro Porteno in Group G despite claiming a 1-0 win over Asuncion, which brought the latter to the last 16 on goal difference.

El Decano needed to win by two goals or more in this Libertadores edition of the Paraguayan Clasico, which was behind the Clausura champions by three points and with a smaller goal difference of one.

Despite an early goal from Fernando Cardozo in the 10th minute, they were unable to break Azulgrana down and will have to continue in the Copa Sudamericana, where they finish in third place.

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